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3294 Edition

April 13 – 19, 2015

Church Ministry


TTCS Holds An Easter Seminar On PCT Hymnal And Doxology


Reported by Hwang Yi-lek


In the afternoon on April 12, Tainan Theological Seminary and College (TTCS) held an Easter seminar on PCT new hymnal and doxology. About 300 people from seven churches and choirs of Tainan Presbytery, including Tai-ping-king Church, Tong-men Church, Hou-chia Church, Ko-pay Church, Yen-han Church, Ya-keh Choir and Lau-dien Male Choir, are invited to attend this musical seminar.

About 20 pieces of PCT hymnal or doxology suitable for Easter were brought by each church or choir to perform in this musical feast. Famous professors in church music, like Prof Lo I-toh, San Quei-shian and Edgar L. Macapili, were invited to share the characteristics of PCT ecumenical hymnal and doxology based on the hymnals performed by each participating church.


Analyzing the 96th PCT Hymnal, Why have you forsaken me?, Prof. Lo indicated that her Japanese melody sounded like sunk in sorrow and fear at first impression, but the lyrics turned from hesitation into confidence step by step when the mystery of life was mentioned. As to PCT Hymnal 100th, The joyful Eastertide, Prof. Lo pointed out that it is a piece of Western rational music. People had to sing this hymnal softly with a sense of mystique, when the lyric came to the refrain: “Lord stayed in tomb for three days”, because Lord had not yet resurrected. And then, during three steps of singing “Lord is resurrected” in refrain, the hymnal should end with ascending key and powerful voice in confidence. Prof. Lo suggested that before singing the hymnal, it is better to understand the related hymnal information in advance.


Mrs San Quei-shian explained the Northern Indian musical characteristics of the 263rd PCT Hymnal to the audience. She also stressed the importance of correct pronunciation in singing the 497th PCT Hakka Hymnal. On the 311th PCT Hymnal in Southern Pai-wan Indigenous melody, Mrs San suggested this hymnal better sung with drum beats or bell rings to boost up the joyful emotion. She delivered a breaking news that a Chinese version of PCT Hymnal is under preparation. It is hoped to released in the end of 2015.


Mrs San also shared the inspiring story behind the 496th PCT Hymnal, You, oh my God, gifts of knowledge give to me. The composer of this lyric, Bahram, was assassinated in his young life at 24 years old by an Islamic terrorist. Bahram’s father, Hassan Dehqani-Tafti, who was an Anglican Bishop of Iran, sadly wrote a letter to his wife : “I feel bewildered but very calm. May God forgive those who have murdered our son. For, plainly, ‘they knew not what they did’. What had Bahram ever done to them? May God use the death of our dear son to free people from hatred and enmity in our country, in whatever way He knows.”


Finally, Mr Edgar L. Macapili taught the audience to sing two doxology about Easter by practice on critical measures. Not only the church choir conductors and their members learned more about the method of singing doxology, but also felt surrounded by the Holy Spirit in glory, jubilee and inspiration during chorus singing.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

An Easter seminar on PCT new hymnal and doxology is held Song-Inn Auditorium by TTCS in the afternoon on April 12,  2015.

Photo by Hwang Yi-lek


 
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Land Autonomy Is Urged To Restore On Taiwan Indigenous Conserved Territories

 

 

Reported by Simon Lin

 

 

In the accompany with some young Bunun tribe-fellows, Rev. Kavas of Litu Presbyterian Church held a traditional indigenous prayer ceremony on April 2nd beside the famous Jia-ming Lake, which is 3,000 meters above sea level and the second highest high mountain lake in Taiwan. During this prayer service, the Jia-ming Lake was baptized a new Bunun name as "cida numas buan", meaning "the mirror of the moon", in order to awaken the consciousness of land autonomy among the community of Taiwan aboriginal peoples.

 

 

From last October, due to government's restriction to limit entrance into the indigenous conserved territories, there were many clashes between the police and Litu Presbyterian Church which members were indigenous Bunun people claiming they possessed the rights of land autonomy around the watershed between San-cha Mountain and Shian-yan Mountain.

 

 

On April 1st, together with renown Life Science Prof. Liu Jiong-xi, Rev. Kavas led about 20 Bunun tribe peopl to return their traditional conserved territories, but received a hairsplitting ID check and an unfair fee raise. After strong protest and refusal to comply those unreasonable demands, demonstrating how difficult it is to return home through the cold bureaucratic machines, Rev. Kavas successfully lead the Bunun tribe fellows walked into the shortcut along the lake of cidas numas buan.

 

 

And Rev. Rev. Kavas stressed, according to the Bunun traditions, land is the grace of the creator. It is the gift to share, like the beautiful lake - cida numas buan, not to trade or transfer. According to old sayings, any random human approach to cida numas buan is not allowed, as those body flavors will keep animals away and decrease the gains in hunting. The reason under this taboo is actually a deep ecological ethics among land, animal and human facing a same destiny.

 

 

As the Chairman of Taiwan Indigenous Conserved Territories Union, in order to preserve and forest and river forever, Rev. Kavas wishes to recover the land of Bunun Country and further implement the goal of land autonomy among the indigenous peoples in Taiwan.

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Rev. Kavas, with his Bunun tribe fellows, prayed to God via a traditional ceremony claiming to restore the land autonomy of Taiwan indigenous tribes by the 2nd highest Taiwan mountain lake of "cida numas buan", meaning the mirror of the moon, on April 2nd 2015.

 

Photo by Taiwan Indigenous Conserved Territories Union

 

 
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PCT Keeps Caring About Chen Shui-bian In His Medical Parole

 

 

Reported by Simon Lin

 

 

After being granted a medical parole in January, former President Chen Shui-bian has stayed three months at home for an in-house therapy. Except some Kaohsiung pastors frequently go to visit Chen and his families, Taichung's Justice Action Church goes to visit Chen and holds a house worship on April 7th.

 

 

Tsai Ming-shein, Elder of Justice Action Church and former Defense Minister, expresses that Chen seems in a good spirit. Especially, when Chen sees so many familiar brothers and sisters used to care and pray for him, he becomes quite delighted to talk with the visitors. So the actual stay in Chen's house is extended one hour longer than scheduled.

 

 

About 10 members of Justice Action Church, including Rev. Lin Hse-jeh, Elder Tsai Ming-shein and others, accompany Chen to read the scripture, say prayers and sing the hymnal of "Never Disregard Our Homeland, Taiwan" and "The Best Fiend Is Jesus". Based on the temptation story of Jesus in the wilderness recorded in the gospel of Matthew, retired Rev. Hung Jun-lan gives his sermon encouraging Chen to locate the meaning of life in faith as it is more precious than any power and money lost in the past.

 

 

Elder Tsai says Chen doesn't talk much on politics issues, but he will answer questions, if asked, especially about his thinkings about "One China, One Taiwan". Chen hopes, either Ms Tsai Ing-wen - DPP's President Candidate in 2016 or Mr Ko Wen-je - Taipei City Mayor, they can emphasize 1) Taiwan does not belong to China; 2) The future of Taiwan should be determined by the people of Taiwan, not China or USA.

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

Members of Taichung Justice Action Church go to visit former President Chen Shui-bian and hold a house worship at his Kaohsiung residence on April 7, 2015

 

Photo by Taichung Justice Action Church

 
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PCT Youth Front Urges PCT General Assembly To Scrape Anti-LGBT Resolution

 

 

On April 5th, an insignificant post, read "No Discrimination of Homosexual or Heterosexual! Scrape Anti-LGBT Pastoral Letter!", silently appeared at the top-right corner above the center stage during the thanksgiving service of the 150th anniversary of PCT mission at Taoyuan Sports University Gymnasium. Many PCT members apparently noticed this and took pictures by themselves in a curiosity. This poster, posted by PCT Youth Front, was intended to send a strong message to PCT members that a discriminated resolution was rudely passed by an extempore motion in annual meeting of General Assembly held in April 2014.

 

 

In fact, many PCT Youth Front members had expressed their anger and protest against this anti-LGBT resolution with 600 petitioned signatures before PCT General Assembly Office on May 20th 2014. As they were given no explanation but an official reply, meaning it's no use to cry over the spilled milk, many PCT Youth Front members decided to raise a banner, read "Faith Is Dead", protesting PCT's stance of LGBT issue before PCT GA Office.

 

 

The reason, why PCT Youth Front expressed their protest at the jubilant 150th anniversary of PCT Mission in Taiwan, was that they believed this rude and discriminated resolution needs more people to understand and concern. So, not only above the center stage appeared their protesting post, but also at the entrance gates, corridors and toilet rooms of the gymnasium their slogans could be seen around. Even, after the service of the Eucharist, some youth raised the post demonstrating among the audience.

 

 

"In the long run PCT always positions herself as the guardian of the marginalized and social bottom, why LGBT people can not be fairly treated as the oppressed victims?", asked PCT Youth Front, "Ought not PCT try to understand and care LGBT people based on their most treasured biblical verses in Micah 6:8: to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?"

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

An insignificant post, read "No Discrimination of Homosexual or Heterosexual! Scrape Anti-LGBT Pastoral Letter!", silently appeared at the top-right corner above the center stage during the thanksgiving service of the 150th anniversary of PCT mission at Taoyuan Sports University Gymnasium on April 5th 2015.

 

Photo by  Chen Yi-hsuan


 

 
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Editorial: The Mission Of Mass Media Needs New Perspective

 

 

In the beginning of 2015, when Northern Korea celebrated the third anniversary of Kim Jung-Un as their highest military commander, the repeated TV broadcast of Kim's driving a jet fighter impressed the outside world as it kept eulogizing the greatness and holiness of Kim dynasty and trying to stir up the patriotic emotions the people. But, such phenomenon is satirized by major western media as the apotheosis movement, as many pretentious titles, like "The Guardian of Human Kind" or "The Giant Philosopher", were ascribed to Kim and bombarded on the TV screen up to about 2,000 times according to a statistics. An identical news yet with different perspectives helps people to reflect and unveil the mystic curtain of Northern Korea. What a penetrating and boundless power owned by the mass media!

 

 

When Ms Chao Chin-huei, current Director of Research, Development and Evaluation Commission of Tainan City Hall and a former Chief of Information Management Center, changed her career from a newspaper reporter into a civil bureaucrat, she stated that she will play more like a fax machine than a cosmetician! Well said, but her statement also reminds us a joke of cold war between US and Russia in 60's or 70's. It was said when Russia was disadvantageous in US-Russia arms race, the Russian media never bothered to honor Russia as the second champion next to the first and deride US as the 2nd loser next to the bottom one. In a closed system, information control could be easily obtained. But, in this new age of burgeoning media environment, rampant with flooding internet messages, hundreds of e-mails and diverse opinions in mass media every day, we should build up our instrument for mass media mission in the spirit of light and salt!

 

 

According to Ezekiel 16:4, keeping a new born baby clean it needs to be washed by salt. In the same traditional and effective way, utilizing some salty water soaking in our mouth, a same cure can be used to alleviate the inflammation in our mouth or throat caused by bacteria infections. In this age, filled with massively confused news or even damaging stories, the church media should help the Christians to be free of the evil, instead of being deluded to the "neutral values" deems as the sacred cow of the secular media.

 

 

In addition, salt can be used to season in our daily lives, as the scripture said in Mark 9:50, "Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it?Have salt in your selves, and be at peace with one another". Such principle of making peace with the people, speaking words in wisdom, benevolence and positiveness, is same as the Apostle Paul's advise in the scripture: "[T]he Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to everyone"(2 Timothy 2:24). Especially, to promote harmony and progress in the society, speaking the truth in love is the most important missionary value for the ecclesiastical media institutes.

 

 

In 2001, PCT set up a Mass Communication Foundation symbolizing a new epoch of mission through mass media is opened. In 2004, based on a resolution by the 49th PCT General Assembly, New Eyes Television(NETV) was established to proclaim the good news to Taiwan society. Though NETV is an ambitious vision to expand the kingdom of God, yet due to many crises like giant financial demands, being short of PCT confession in the program outlooks and etc, this visionary TV still stumps on her way to survive. We deeply believe, if our brothers and sisters unfailingly carry on to support and recognize the necessity of our mission through mass media, NETV will finally do her best service for sure. This week's Sunday is designated as Mass Media Mission Day by PCT General Assembly, let's not loose our hands and turn away from our initial vision of NETV!

 

 

 
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Let Each Young Men Take Up A Stone On His Shoulder!

 

 

 

Reported by Chen Yi-hsuan and Lin Jia-jin from Taipei

 

 

 

From April 7 to 10, PCT General Assembly(GA) holds her 60th annual meeting at Mackay Memorial Hospital. At the opening ceremony and thanksgiving service, some college students and young PCT members each takes up a stone on his shoulder walking into the auditorium hall, reminiscent of the story of the Israels crossing the Jordan river recorded in the book of Joshua, as the coming year in PCT's calendar is designated as "The Year of The College Students And The Youth". In the subsequent days of PCT's GA meeting, through the media of broadcast radio drama, hymnal chorus, video clip and juvenile skit, the challenges and opportunities of the ministry of the collegial students and the youth are presented in details.

 

 

Rev. Hsu Chen-dau, former PCT Associate General Secretary, makes a brief introduction to current PCT's Youth Ministry: Established since 1961, PCT Youth Ministry now has 14 College Student Centers across Taiwan and over 20 full-time staffs caring about the the youth faith and life on the campus or in the society. "Youth Ministry helps our young men to build up their solid foundation in faith and find out their destiny in life. In other words, Youth Ministry is a domestic mission to educate and send our future missionary!", says Rev. Hsu.

 

 

Sending the participating members of PCT GA each a golden Gachapon with candies, donation envelope and praying card inside, emphasizing the college students and young men are the hope of PCT's mission, Rev. Wang Rong-yi, Secretary of PCT's Youth Ministry Committee, invites many past staffs, co-workers and graduate fellows of PCT's Ever Green Fellowship many of whom are now acting as PCT pastors and overseas missionaries, singing , one of the most familiar hymnal in the past youth events, with current co-workers and young students. This is one the most sentimental moments in the sessions of GA, witnessing the evangelical movement of PCT youth ministry having crossed over half a century!

 

 

Mr Yeh Chi-hau, a social youth and a reporter of PCT's quarter journal by Youth Ministry Committee, reports his observations about the decline of youth population within PCT church. Yeh points out that the youth, be they in school or working places, normally lack the adequate pastoral care, accompany and ecclesiastical training to have a substantial participation in the church service and lives. On the other hand, Yeh encourages the youth to have a positive attitude and imagination to engage in the church activities. If the youth's ideas and opinions sounds good, the pastors and the elders will be pleased to accept their trials. As to the problems of generations' gap, Yeh reminds that a communication mechanism needs to be set up in the church to let the youth speak out their thoughts.

 

 

Ms Chuang Hsui-yin, an assistant at PCT Youth Ministry, witnesses her life change after being elected as PCT representative acting an exchange student at UCCJ in Japan. This is an event supported by the Ecumenical Youth Exchange Program(EYEP), when she was a senior in the college. "As required to be a Taiwan student ambassador for PCT, I started to know learn more about my own church, and more historical outlooks and diverse ethnic cultures of Taiwan", says Chuang.

 

 

The Youth Ministry of PCT also includes many different campaigns, for example I Love Taiwan Mission, Sunshine Youth Camp, Jesus Rocks! and etc., which are all specially designed projects to cultivate the youth talents, explore their potential capabilities and strengthen their faiths.

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

Through the media of broadcast-radio drama, hymnal chorus, video clip and juvenile skit, the challenges and opportunities of the Youth Ministry for the college students and the youth are presented in the 60 annual PCT General Assembly meeting at Mackay Memorial Hospital from April 7 -10, 2015.

 

Photos by Jeng Seh-wen and Chen Yi-hsuan

 
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